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NEWS FROM 2005-09-25
No. 1 Southern Cal Rolls by No. 24 Oregon (AP)
AP - Matt Leinart threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and top-ranked USC trailed early but took over in the second half Saturday to beat No. 24 Oregon 45-13, the Trojans' 25th straight victory.
Wisconsin Upends No. 14 Michigan 23-20 (AP)
AP - John Stocco scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw with 24 seconds left, giving Wisconsin a 23-20 win over No. 14 Michigan on Saturday night and snapping the Wolverines' 23-game winning streak in Big Ten openers.
S. Florida Routs No. 9 Louisville 45-14 (AP)
AP - Receiver Amarri Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third Saturday night to lead South Florida to the biggest victory in the school's brief football history, a 45-14 rout of No. 9 Louisville in the Bulls' Big East debut.
Phillies Fall Two Games Behind Astros (AP)
AP - The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't come up with another ninth-inning comeback. The Phillies were unable to overcome a three-run deficit and lost 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, falling two games behind Houston in the NL wild-card race.
Indians Widen Wild-Card Lead to 1 1/2 Games (AP)
AP - With another big night at the plate, the Cleveland Indians boosted their AL wild-card lead to 1 1/2 games. Jhonny Peralta, Ronnie Belliard, Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp homered to lead the Indians over the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night, the Indians' 17th win in 19 games.
Steelers' Duce Staley Upgraded to Probable (AP)
AP - Pittsburgh Steelers running back Duce Staley has been upgraded from questionable to probable after practicing all week, and is expected to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Brawling Pacers Sentenced to Probation (AP)
AP - Indiana Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were sentenced to a year's probation Friday, plus 60 hours of community service and $250 fines for their roles in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.
Jays knock off Yankees, Red Sox tie for top (Reuters)
Reuters - Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske both
drove in a pair of runs as the Toronto Blue Jays cooled off the
streaking New York Yankees with a 7-4 win in American League
play Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Earthquakes Tie With FC Dallas 1-1 (AP)
AP - Brian Ching's sixth goal of the season gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas on Saturday night and the top seed in the MLS Western Conference playoffs.
Burk Protests New NHL TV Advertisements (AP)
AP - Martha Burk is taking aim at the NHL's newest television advertisement. Burk, who led an unsuccessful effort to allow female members at Augusta National three years ago, called the ad "gratuitous" because it shows a scantily clad woman dressing a hockey player before he heads onto the ice.
Hungry for success
With the Bears on top of the NFC North, folks in Chicago already think this naysayer will be eating his words.
Eagles RB Westbrook misses practice (AP)
Brian Westbrook missed practice Friday with a knee injury, but was expected to start Philadelphia's game against Oakland on Sunday. Coach Andy Reid listed kept the Pro Bowl running back out as a precaution, just like he did with Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens earlier in the week. Reid said Westbrook was hit above the knee in Sunday's win against San Francisco and is listed as probable.
Steelers need to get to Pats QB Brady (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense knew it was getting to Texans quarterback David Carr. After sacking him for the eighth time Sunday, they heard him yelling at his linemen as they returned to the huddle. ``Anybody in this league can be rattled,'' Steelers linebacker Joey Porter said. Anybody? Even Tom Brady, the seemingly imperturbable quarterback whose playmaking and quick thinking at the line of...
Vick remains probable on injury report (AP)
Quarterback Michael Vick practiced Friday for the second straight day and likely will start when the Atlanta Falcons visit Buffalo this weekend. Vick tweaked his left hamstring in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Seattle and left the game on each of the final two possessions. Coach Jim Mora upgraded Vick from questionable to probable after the two-time Pro Bowl selection returned to...
Jaguars QB Leftwich upgraded to probable (AP)
Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich and defensive end Reggie Hayward were upgraded to probable Friday, two days before Jacksonville faced the New York Jets. Both players had been listed as questionable on Wednesday's injury report. Leftwich injured his groin in last week's loss at Indianapolis while Hayward was down with a back injury.
Giants' Strahan questionable for Sunday (AP)
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan missed practice Friday with a sore back and was listed as questionable for Sunday night's game at San Diego. Strahan, who also missed some practice time last week with back spasms before recording five tackles and a sack against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, did not appear too worried about his latest problem.
Steelers RB Staley upgraded to probable (AP)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Duce Staley has been upgraded from questionable to probable after practicing all week, and is expected to play Sunday against the New England Patriots. Staley has not played since the Steelers' 41-27 loss to New England in the AFC championship game in January. He practiced only the first day of training camp before needing knee surgery Aug.
NFL fines Broncos' Shanahan for comment (AP)
The NFL fined Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan $20,000 on Friday for his criticism of the call that reversed Darrent Williams' punt return for a touchdown last week against San Diego. Officials called Denver for too many men on the field toward the end of Williams' 61-yard punt return last Sunday after a few Broncos ran off the sideline to prepare for the extra point.
Niners put TE Johnson on injured reserve (AP)
Tight end Eric Johnson, the San Francisco 49ers' leading receiver last season, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a torn muscle in his left foot. Johnson, who hasn't been healthy since before training camp, will miss his second full season in three years. The Yale graduate sat out all of 2003 after breaking his collarbone in the 49ers' first exhibition game, but had 82 catches for 825...
Jets' Martin practices, up to probable (AP)
Curtis Martin has one thought when it comes to playing through injuries: the pain is only temporary. How else to explain his amazing ability to miss just four games in 11 seasons while taking a constant pounding? The Jets running back will do it again Sunday against Jacksonville when he plays with a bruised right knee.
The wisdom of Hubie
After spending some time with Hubie Brown, you quickly learn why he's in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Artest, O'Neal, Jackson given probation (AP)
Indiana Pacers players Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were sentenced to a year's probation Friday, plus 60 hours of community service and $250 fines for their roles in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. The three -- all of whom entered pleas of no contest -- were also ordered to undergo anger management counseling, although Oakland County assistant prosecutor John...
Nowitzki lifts Germany into Euro final (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki's basket with 3.9 seconds lifted Germany into the final of the European Championship with a 74-73 win over Spain on Saturday. Germany will face Greece, which rallied to beat France 67-66 on a 3-pointer by Dimitrios Diamantidis. The win sends Greece into its first tournament final since 1989.
Another Argentinian joins Spurs (AP)
Fabricio Oberto wore a sad smile while speaking longingly of the luxury Porsche SUV he had to dispose of in Spain earlier this summer. His new ride is a four-door Dodge station wagon more functional than flamboyant. His villa in the lively city of Valencia is empty now, too, his wife and baby daughter having already abandoned the Mediterranean coast to relocate deep in the heart of Texas.
Heat sign Gary Payton to one-year deal (AP)
Once again, Gary Payton couldn't turn down Shaquille O'Neal. Payton signed a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday -- a move that begins a reunion with O'Neal, who lured him to the Los Angeles Lakers two seasons ago for what ultimately was a failed title run. Now the duo is determined to get Payton -- a nine-time All-Star entering his 16th NBA season -- his first title.
Bulls sign Songalia, wait on Curry (AP)
The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Darius Songaila to a two-year contract Friday that will reportedly pay him $2.2 million next season. Songaila spent two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds last season. The 6-foot-8 Songaila has an option for 2006-07, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hornets to play 35 games in Okla. City (AP)
Full of hopes, dreams and potential, Oklahoma City built a 20,000-seat arena without a major-league team to call its own. It wasn't quite ``Field of Dreams.'' No cornfield was cleared to make way for the Ford Center in June 2002. But there was no sign of the NBA or the NHL, either. Three years later, the gamble paid off.
Nailon agrees to terms with 76ers (AP)
Free-agent forward Lee Nailon agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Nailon, a 6-foot-9, 238-pounder, averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 68 games last season for the New Orleans Hornets. ``Lee will give us some added offense and experience,'' 76ers president Billy King said.
Crosby scores first preseason goal (AP)
No. 1 overall pick Sidney Crosby scored his first preseason goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday night in the Penguins' 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Crosby, playing his second exhibition game, scored on a two-man advantage midway through the second period. He took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Whitney and scored off his own rebound after Ray Emery stopped the initial shot.
Bertuzzi returns to ice in Canucks' loss (AP)
Marco Sturm tied the game on a power play with 19.6 seconds left, and Steve Bernier won it in a shootout as the San Jose Sharks rallied to ruin Todd Bertuzzi's return to the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-3 exhibition victory Friday night. Bertuzzi, back on NHL ice for the first time since his attack on Colorado's Steve Moore more than 18 months ago, was greeted by modest applause during the pregame...
Martha Burk takes aim at NHL ads (AP)
Martha Burk is taking aim at the NHL's newest television advertisement. Burk, who led an unsuccessful effort to allow female members at Augusta National three years ago, called the ad ``gratuitous'' because it shows a scantily clad woman dressing a hockey player before he heads onto the ice. Burk plans to send letters of protest to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC...
Lightning win first home game since Cup (AP)
Sean Burke made 26 saves and Martin Cibak scored twice, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Florida Panthers 5-0 in an exhibition game Saturday night. It was the first time Tampa Bay has played at home since winning Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals against Calgary on June 7, 2004. Burke stopped a penalty shot by Niklas Hagman early in the first period and then turned aside 20 shots during...
Sim's hat trick leads Flyers over Caps (AP)
Jon Sim had three goals and an assist to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 in an exhibition game Saturday night. Sim opened the scoring midway through the first period when his shot from the top of the slot trickled past goalie Maxime Ouellet. The Philadelphia forward scored his second goal midway through the third, knocking a loose puck into the net, and completed the...
Gretzky winless behind Coyotes' bench (AP)
Power-play goals by Sergei Fedorov and Teemu Selanne within a 17-second span of the third period lifted the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night. With Anaheim trailing 3-2, Fedorov sent a shot from the slot past Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph to tie the game at 12:04 of the third.
Deadmarsh retires because of concussions (AP)
Adam Deadmarsh retired from the NHL on Thursday because of post-concussion syndrome, ending a 10-year career that included a Stanley Cup title with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and two appearances for the U.S. Olympic team. ``I've kind of been holding on and hoping and praying that I'd recover from this concussion issue that I have and I haven't been able to do that,'' Deadmarsh told The Canadian...
A rough day at Loudon has Kurt Busch working a new game plan ... starting Sunday in Dover.
Bodine makes late pass, wins NASCAR Trucks Las Vegas 350 (SportsTicker)
Todd Bodine wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck race (AP)
Todd Bodine passed Ted Musgrave on the final lap in a green-white-checker finish Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the season.
Ryan Newman wins fourth straight Busch Series race (SportsTicker)
Angelelli and Taylor win again in Rolex series at Watkins Glen (AP)
Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor beat Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz by 0.473 seconds Saturday after Angelelli hit a woodchuck with three laps to go in the Crown Royal 250 at Watkins Glen International. It was their second win in a month on the historic road course and fifth victory of the season, one off the Rolex Sports Car Series record for Daytona Prototypes.
Newman eyes another day of Dover dominance (AP)
Now, Ryan Newman will return to his real job, trying to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
Newman ties Busch record, sets Dover mark (AP)
Moonlighting Ryan Newman tied a NASCAR Busch Series record by winning in his fourth consecutive start this season, a dominant performance in a wreck-filled race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
Biffle happy with HANS (AP)
Greg Biffle is happy that NASCAR's mandatory HANS device comes as advertised.
Brazil's Piquet Jr. takes pole for first A1 Grand Prix (AP)
Brazil's Nelson Piquet Jr. won the pole position for Sunday's inaugural A1 Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, finishing fastest in two of four qualifying sessions. Piquet Jr., son of three-time Formula One champion Nelson Piquet, was almost half a second ahead of his nearest rival in a format in which times are calculated as a total of drivers' two best laps.